Vulture Control

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Vultures are the ultimate scavengers and are regularly seen flying in circles looking for dead animals on which to feast. Turkey vultures are the variety most commonly seen throughout the United States. Their cousins, black vultures, are found more often in South America.

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Turkey vultures are very large birds, reaching two to three feet long with wingspans of up to six feet. From a distance, these pests look black, but they actually have brown feathers, red featherless heads, and white beaks. Their tails extend well past their feet. Black vultures’ tails are much shorter, ending at the tips of their toes. Unlike turkey vultures’ V-shaped posture, they also hold their wings nearly flat.

DIET

Using their heightened sense of smell, turkey vultures locate and feed on carrion. They prefer freshly dead mammals, but will also eat carcasses from reptiles, fish, other birds, and even insects. Given their food of choice, the pests need their hardy immune systems to protect them against diseases common in raw meat like botulism, salmonellosis, and cholera.

HABITAT

These opportunistic birds can be found mainly in suburban and rural areas, though vultures will live wherever food is plentiful. Landfills and other large collections of garbage attract them. The pests are often soaring in the air by morning looking for the day’s catch and perch on fence posts, trees, or other elevated spots for the night. Turkey vultures nest along ledges and in rock crevices, caves, hollow logs, abandoned nests, and even barns or other buildings.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Turkey vultures have adapted to human presence and will eat discarded food items. However, they are not often found in yards unless properties are sizable or a dead animal is within its boundaries. Despite this, they can roost in nearby expanses dense with trees and make periodic visits to residential areas.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Since turkey vultures are social birds, where there’s one, there could be hundreds. They roost together high in trees and on other structures, leaving an enormous amount of droppings below. While their stomach acid kills most bacteria associated with other avian feces, the sheer volume of waste can be a problem. In some instances, vultures leave bones and animal carcasses behind, attracting insects and vermin. The pests pick at shingles, caulking, and roofing, while they are also known to attack lawn ornaments, outdoor furniture, and pool toys.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

These migratory birds are protected by federal law, so they cannot be harmed or killed. Homeowners can discourage the presence of vultures, although most remedies are costly and time consuming. For example, bird spikes or shock traps can be put in place to make landing surfaces less hospitable. Various noisemakers and motion deterrents are available as well. However, all require a significant investment for uneven results and may require climbing to dangerous heights for installation.